The Creative Arts Industry in Ghana has now gained recognition by the political party giants and were factored immensely in their manifestos. For a long time, little or no attention was given to the industry and because of some well- known stakeholders who voiced out, the creative arts sector is being given the attention needed. The creative industry in Ghana is a potential source of income generation and employment to most youths and with the Government backing this sector, we will see massive improvements in the next years to come.

As we await results being collated by the electoral commission, let us refresh our minds with policies that were rolled out to be implemented come the next four years by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

NPP Manifesto For The Creative Arts Industry

1. We will set up the Creative Arts Fund to support artists

2. In addition to completing the theatre in Kumasi, we will construct new theatres in Takoradi and Tamale

3. Given that our artistes do not have the capital to set up studios, we will, as part of the entrepreneurial hub’s strategy, establish, in partnership with the private sector, large recording studios in Accra, Kumasi, Tamale and Takoradi. Recording artists can rent space to do the recordings in these studios

4. We will build a digital platform for artists to make their products available to the global market

5. We will construct one of the biggest convention and exhibition centres in the world at the Ghana Trade Fair Company site, La.

NDC Manifesto For The Creative Arts Industry

1. Implement programmes to support the growth of the film, music, and the creative industry to drive job creation and economic growth.

2. Resource nationally recognised creative arts bodies like the Ghana
Association of Writers, MUSIGHA, National Film Authority, Ghana Union of Visual
Arts(GUVA), among others.

3. Strengthen regulation to protect the copyright of artistes and ensure
that they get value for their works by enforcing the payment of user fees under
the Copyright Regulations, 2010 (L.I. 1962).

4. Set up a system of legal aid for creative artistes to help fight
creative/intellectual theft and plagiarism by others.

5. Pass the Creative Industry Bill into law and implement it to promote
the development of the industry.

6. Resource the national museums and empower them to function properly
and create space for exhibitions.

7. Promote local patronage of various creative products.

8. Partner with GUVA and other fine art associations to purchase their
finished works to furnish and decorate public offices to support the fine art
businesses.

9. Through the National Film Authority, encourage our embassies overseas
to purchase and periodically show appropriate Ghanaian films on Ghana Day and
other special occasions.

10. In collaboration with the Ghana Association of Writers, establish a
National Writing Contest and support the promotion of the best literary works.

11. Provide seed money for the creation of a special fund for artists
including aged and needy creative artists.

12. Make available scholarship packages for disadvantaged creative
artistes to pursue courses or programmes for self-development in the national
interest.

13. Facilitate the enrolment of creative artists unto the informal
pension scheme.

14. Develop programmes to harness talents and potentials in the
industry.

15. Structure the educational curriculum to allow students to appreciate
the relevance of culture and creative arts in life and national development.

16. Promote district, regional and national competitions in the
creatives among the youth in Tertiary Institutions.

17. Facilitate the placement of creative art products on digital
platforms for promotional purposes.

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